WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles, as part of the state’s recognition of veterans for their services, issues flags on the licenses of veterans and statistics show that nearly 10,000 veterans statewide received one to honor them and to establish their eligibility for various discounts, programs and services. Veterans interested in this designation can apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
DMV also offers U.S. flag license plates to veterans and their spouses. A number of other special military plates representing various veterans’ groups are also available.
“Our veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices in service to our nation, we must take every opportunity to serve them as they have served us,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “The DMV programs make it easier for them to qualify for benefits—it’s a good way to support our veterans and their families and make their lives just a little bit easier.”
DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra added, “We thank our veterans for their service to our country and their sacrifices to defend our freedom around the globe. DMV is proud to offer these licenses and license plates that recognize them.”
For more information and a complete list of DMV services offered to veterans and active military members, visit ct.gov/dmv/military
. The state also has a website – http://www.ct.gov/veterans
– to make it easier for veterans to understand and research benefits for them.
The program offering the American flag to identify veterans is available in DMV offices, as well as AAA locations in Avon, Cromwell, Enfield, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Waterford and West Hartford. It started nearly five years ago.
A veteran applies first to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The application can be downloaded online at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website by visiting http://www.ct.gov/veterans
and clicking the “Apply for Veterans Flag on CT ID” link.
The application and additional documentation is mailed to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: CT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS, ATTN: VETERAN’S FLAG ON DRIVER LICENSE OR ID CARD, 287 WEST ST., ROCKY HILL, CT 06067.
A veteran submits a completed application and proof of honorable discharge, such as a DD-214. The Department of Veterans Affairs will verify a veteran’s military status and electronically notify DMV of the request prior to the driver’s license or ID card being issued. Generally a person can go to DMV 30 days after submitting the application to get the flag on a license.
The flag is added either at renewal or for a first-time license or ID with no cost. There is a $30 charge to have a current credential re-made. DMV also provides a waiver of the license renewal fee for active service members and a one-time waiver for honorably discharged veterans. For more information, see http://bit.ly/2fFM5v6
In addition, DMV offers a special flag license plate that veterans and their spouses can obtain as well as a number of special interest license plates representing various veterans’ groups.
A “Gold Star Family” plate is available for immediate family members of service members who have died in the line of duty. By law, immediate family members include a spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandmother or grandfather. Information on these and other military plates is available at ct.gov/dmv/military